Mindshare’s global CEO and founder Nick Emery has “left the business with immediate effect following a clear breach of the company’s code of conduct,” WPP announced in a statement overnight.
Until a replacement is found, GroupM CEO Christian Juhl will take on the role of interim CEO at the agency.
WPP did not elaborate further on Emery’s abrupt departure from the agency he co-founded back in 1997.
Juhl said in a statement that GroupM and its agencies “believe everyone should experience an inclusive and respectful workplace culture”.
He added: “Inappropriate and offensive behavior is not tolerated in our company, and when we see any employee breach our code of conduct, we take swift action.
“Mindshare is made up of thousands of dedicated professionals who deliver our promise of making advertising work better for people around the world. We know they share our vision and values and are focused on the future of the business and the needs of their clients,” Juhl said.